The golden calf i book of exodus i animated childrens. The golden calf the narrative of the golden calf in exodus 32 and the events that followed this incident happened at a critical time in the relationship between god and israel. Were any women killed for worshiping the golden calf. Exodus 32, new international version niv the bible app. In particular, the golden calf was a work of aarons hands exodus 32. Book of exodus, session 8 the golden calf exodus 32 34. The people having been punished for their disobedienceboth. But if you will not, then blot me out of the book that you have written.
The story of the golden calf is widely regarded as one of the most disgraceful moments in jewish history. Chapters 2531 give instructions about the tabernacle, chapters 3234 recount the problem of the golden calf, and chapters 3540 return to the topic of the tabernacle. Feb 08, 2015 but israel rebels by making an idol of the golden calf, which is just a really bad idea. What should we learn from the golden calf incident in exodus 32.
Similarly, the work of nadabs and abihus hands included offering profane fire leviticus 10. Exodus is the second book of the pentateuch, and it continues the narrative of how the nation of israel came to be. Exodus 32 niv the golden calf when the people saw bible. Exodus 3334 the story of the golden calf continues in exodus 34, with the making of a new set of tablets and a second trip up the mountain for moses, complete with the fortydayandnight stay but without any calf this time. Paper plate golden calf craft for the ten commandments thou shalt not make for yourself a graven image exodus. Golden calf, idol worshipped by the hebrews during the period of the exodus from egypt in the th century bc and during the age of jeroboam i, king of israel, in the 10th century bc. The story of the golden calf is found in exodus 32. Moses was on sinai receiving the law from god, and the people grew concerned that he was not coming back down. But that is not what is written in the book of exodus. The book of exodus is the second book of the bible and describes the exodus. Now when the people saw that moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to aaron, and said to him, come, make us gods that shall go before us. Exodus chapter 32 kjv king james version god must have been talking about the golden calf idolatry.
The story youre thinking about is the story of the golden calf, recorded in the book of exodus, chapter 32. Exodus 32 revised standard version catholic edition rsvce the golden calf. Golden calf time image in book of exodus slideshow. Books of kings, two books of the hebrew bible or the protestant old. No matter how he tried to pass it off, he deliberately fashioned an idol out of gold, something he had to work at. Where sin is great, gods grace is greater supplies. Alternatively it could be said that there is no golden calf story in the j source, and if it is correct that the jeroboam story was the original as stated by friedman, then it is unlikely that the golden calf events as described in exodus occurred at all.
But israel rebels by making an idol of the golden calf, which is just a really bad idea. The golden calf, old testament seminary student study guide 2002, 5455. Exodus 32, told through the voice of the omniscient narrator, is the version that is read in synagogue in the aforementioned days. Exodus 32 commentary commentary critical and explanatory. In exodus 32 moses returns from talking with the lord on the mountain and finds that the israelites have turned to sinful actions. A lot goes down in exodus, so lets break it down into five sections. This is thy god, o israel, which brought thee up out of the land of egypt. How we were all blinded by the golden calf financial times. Exodus 32 is a sad commentary on the jews, who made and worshiped a golden calf after betraying god, who had freed them from slavery in egypt. This analysis has significant implications for understanding the story of the golden calf in the book of exodus. God informs moses of their apostasy and threatens to kill them all, but relents when moses pleads for them. The goal of this piece is to highlight some of the more striking differences. As long as it has a head, body, 2 ears, and four legs, it is a calf. Nicolas poussin, the adoration of the golden calf the account in the book of exodus that describes how the israelites made and worshiped the golden calf does leave us with the impression, at least at first, that only men were killed in punishment.
Golden calf scripture do not make statues of gods that look like anything in the sky or on the earth or in the waters. Exodus 32 new international version niv the golden calf. And when the people saw that moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto aaron, and said unto him, up, make us gods, which shall go before us. The story of the golden calf is literarily and literally in the middle of gods torah on tabernacle, and, within that context, the problem becomes even more serious. Archeologists unearth golden calf in israel the new. What sort of pagan revelry did the israelites indulge in exodus 32. In exodus, chapters 32, the a mere 40 days after receiving the torah, the jewish people created an idol torah tells how three months after leaving egypt, and a mere 40 days after receiving the torah at mount sinai, the jewish people created an idol and. But then a new pharaoh comes to power, and he starts enslaving the israelites.
The account of the ancient israelites rebelling against god and worshipping the golden calf is a story that many people are familiar with, but as i was reading i thought to myself, why did the israelites decide. Draw a box under the calf like he is standing on it. Even in our time the image continues to hold power. May 17, 2014 have student draw a calf with black crayon. It can become in any age and time the safe gods we choose instead of the lord the god of israel that exodus presents us with. Golden calf, idol worshipped by the hebrews during the period of the exodus from egypt.
The story of the golden calf, the greatest scandal of the wilderness period, is recalled in deuteronomy 9. Whoever has sinned against me i will blot out of my book. What was the golden calf all about in the book of exodus. What should we learn from the golden calf incident in exodus.
While reading in the book of exodus recently, i came upon exodus 32, the golden calf. Didnt they contribute their gold to make the image and engage in the same behavior as the men. Exodus 32 niv bible when the people saw that moses was so. As for this fellow moses who brought us up out of egypt, we dont know what has happened to him. A relief from asia minor shows two individuals worshiping at an altar before a bull. A third link between the two episodes is that both involved eating and drinking in an extremely impious fashion, as the torah recounts, they arose early the next day and offered up elevation offerings and they brought peace offerings to the golden calf. The golden calf 1 when the people saw that moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around aaron and said, come, make us gods a who will go before us. So moses tells some of the men to take their swords. This page will help you prepare your sunday school lessons and childrens church lessons from the book of exodus.
Verse 6 says, the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. The golden calf is believed to have been the central object of worship for the canaanites for 1,000 years or longer. When moses speaks to god, he offers to have his name removed from the book book of life god has written, along with the rest of the israelites, even though moses did not sin. Exodus 32 1 when the people saw that moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around aaron and said, come, make us gods who will go before us. It is ironic that while moses was on mount sinai, receiving the ten commandments from god, the israelites were breaking the very first commandment thou shall not have any gods before me. The bible story of the golden calf is very revealing of human nature and the tendency of people to stray away from devotion to god. What sort of pagan revelry did the israelites indulge in. The golden calf was just going to be the base of a throne, to which pagan deities would be. The golden calf worship site doubting thomas research. Exodus 32 the golden calf when the people saw bible gateway. The golden calf, old testament seminary student study guide 2002, 5455 exodus 24 tells how moses went up mount sinai and communed with the lord for forty days. When the people arrived at sinai, moses summoned the elders of the people and told them that god was establishing his covenant with israel. The israelites are right where we left them in genesis, hanging out in egypt and multiplying. The children of israel had been in bondage in egypt for over two hundred years.
According to the bible, the golden calf was an idol made by the israelites when moses went up to mount sinai. Exodus 32why did the israelites worship the golden calf. As students answer questions from the story, allow them to pull down one puzzle piece at a time, to take down the golden calf idol. The incidents related in this chapter disclose a state of popular sentiment and feeling. With moses on top of the mountain for forty days and forty nights to receive the inscribed tablets of. But exodus 32 is also a commentary on gods grace, patience and sovereignty. Instructions for the construction of gods sanctuary and holy items exodus chapters 25 to 31 the golden calf exodus chapter 32 moses further meetings with god exodus chapters 33 and 34 contributions for the sanctuary exodus chapters 35 and 36 the construction of the sanctuary and the holy items exodus chapters 36 to 39. In exodus, chapters 32, thea mere 40 days after receiving the torah, the jewish people created an idol torah tells how three months after leaving egypt, and a. Golden calf of exodus and the tie to revelation 17 blogger. The people offered sacrifices and then engaged in pagan rituals, including orgies exodus 32. Mar 16, 2018 the bible story of the golden calf is very revealing of human nature and the tendency of people to stray away from devotion to god. Commentary on exodus 32 golden calf january 12, 2015 bill pratt leave a comment. Behind the pages of this index are a rich library of printable resources for your childrens church. Images of bulls and calves were common in near eastern religions.
The people sat to eat and drink and they rose up to licentious behavior exodus 32. In egypt, whence according to the exodus narrative the hebrews had recently come, the apis bull was a comparable object of worship, which some believe the hebrews were reviving in the wilderness. God called moses, the deliverer, and told him that he had heard their cries and was about to deliver them exodus 3. Apparently believing that moses died or gone missing, they pressured aaron into creating a golden calf to worship as a representation of god. The golden calf sunday school lesson exodus 32 ministry. The book of exodus, then, told the story of the golden calf in language that evoked jeroboams action, further magnifying what he did by turning it into a reenactment of that primordial sin.
Reading the golden calves of sinai and northern israel in. Commentary on exodus 32 golden calf tough questions. Mentioned in exodus 32 and i kings 12 in the old testament, worship of the golden calf is seen as a supreme act of. While moses is with god, aaron makes a golden calf, which the people worship. Moses consequently received the revelations found in exodus 2531. The account in the book of exodus that describes how the israelites made and worshiped the golden calf does leave us with the impression. In this study, we are going to study the golden calf exod.
Jul 22, 2016 in this study, we are going to study the golden calf exod. The golden calf is an animated childrens bible story about how the people of israel strayed from following the ten commandments. The golden calf what does this story mean and how does it apply to my life. Israels works nearly condemned the nation to obliteration. In exodus, chapters 32, the a mere 40 days after receiving the torah, the jewish people created an idol torah tells how three months after leaving egypt, and a mere 40 days after receiving the torah at mount sinai, the jewish people created an idol and worshipped it. The book of exodus recounts that some of moses followers rebelled after he was on mount sinai longer than expected. According to this theory, the story of aarons golden calf originated as a legend about the origin of one of jeroboams calves, and originally described its manufacture approvingly, comparable to the account in exodus about how the people contributed raw materials with which bezalel and his staff fashioned the ark and cherubs and the rest of the tabernacle, following designs provided by god exodus 2527, 3539.
Some of the israelites made sacrifices on the altar. The levites side with moses and kill three thousand of the other israelites. Playdoh, grey and brown construction paper, scissors, markers, index cards with books of the bible on them lesson opening get the kids attention as you use the playdoh to fashion some type. Read the full story of the golden calf in scripture text below and find articles, videos and audio sermons relating to this inspiring story. The golden calf i book of exodus i animated childrens bible.
When you worship another god other than the one true god, then god burned with anger and sworn to visit their sin upon them. The story of the golden calf is told twice in the torah. The book picks up in egypt at josephs death, then carries us through the story of the israelites oppression in and removal from egypt. What should we learn from the golden calf incident in.323 1100 245 1097 1434 1154 1458 427 1147 88 1462 1443 918 426 802 1358 471 814 31 714 1583 40 1184 601 882 838 467 1256 219 757 289 794 520 1449 396 25 1124